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good afternoon. the labour leader, jeremy corbyn, has accused the government of threatening a "trade war" with europe if it doesn't get the deal it wants over brexit. he was responding to comments by the chancellor, phillip hammond, who told a german newspaper that britain wouldn't "lie down wounded" if it no longer had access to the single market — and hinted that corporation tax could be cut in response. this tuesday, theresa may is due to give the most detail yet of her brexit strategy. our political correspondent tom bateman reports. under pressure to reveal a plan for brexit, theresa may will hope to a nswer brexit, theresa may will hope to answer her critics this week, calling for unity and an end to insults or relieving the eu. in june, people voted for change, and a change is going to come. when she first detailed her thinking on brexit, the prime minister said it must mean control of immigration policy and ministers with the power to strike global trade deals. her
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speech on tuesday seems likely to reflect that, which many interpret as britain being outside the formal market but speak —— seeking bespoke deals. i think the prime minister has always been clear that she wants the uk to be an open, i'd word looking trade nation. she has said that on a number of occasions. —— outward. that is the positive we have on the uk moving forward. and obviously ensuring that uk companies have the best access to the ability to trade with and operate within the european union. the chancellor said there would be a hardball approach to the talks. he was asked by a german newspaper about lowering tax rates to entice business. he said: he said britain wouldn't lie down wind but would be competitive. the labour leader attacked the
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commons, saying they amounted to an ultimatum. he appears to be making a sort of threat to the european community, saying, if you don't give us community, saying, if you don't give us what we want, we will become this sort of strange entity on the shores of europe, where there will be low levels of corporate taxation designed to undermine the effectiveness or otherwise of industry across europe. it seems to mea industry across europe. it seems to me a recipe for some kind of trade war with europe. mrs may will hope to shine more light on the heated debate over brexit. so far at least, her a call for unity shows little sign of being heard. a large number of hospitals are cancelling cancer operations this winter — that according to the president of the royal college of surgeons. its president said cancer procedures used to be protected because of their urgent nature, but for the past couple of weeks that has not been the case in some uk hospitals. richard listerjoins me. as you heard, cancer operations have
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a lwa ys as you heard, cancer operations have always been protected as much as being —— as is humanly possible. this has been one of the toughest winters ever faced by the this has been one of the toughest winters everfaced by the nhs, and the royal college of art urgent has been trying to find out how that has affected cancer surgeries. it says in the past couple of weeks, large numbers of hospitals across the uk are having to postpone cancer operations because they simply don't have the beds. they don't have the com plete have the beds. they don't have the complete figures yet, but they say it has affected dozens of patients. separately, the bbc has obtained figures which show this is something ofa figures which show this is something of a trend. on the day cancellations of a trend. on the day cancellations of cancer operations have risen, and nhs england says it has dealt with more cancer operations than ever before and is still doing so. but it also says everybody in the nhs will be pulling out all the stops to make sure that all patients get their surgery as
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sure that all patients get their surgery as quickly as possible. about a hundred migrants are believed to have drowned off the coast of libya. the boat they were travelling in sank on its way to europe, and just four have been rescued. they haven't taken to sicily, where they willjoin they haven't taken to sicily, where they will join hundreds they haven't taken to sicily, where they willjoin hundreds of others picked up at sea over the past few days. president obama has described his successor donald trump as "unconventional", and warned that he shouldn't be under estimated. mr obama made the comments in his last ever tv interview as president. on friday, donald trump will formally be inaugurated as the 45th president of the united states. jane—frances kelly reports. washington is busy preparing for a new president. us air force personnel practice perfection and ahead of donald trump's inauguration, which will take place on friday. in his last tv interview as president, barack obama has been speaking about his time in office,
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and also about his successor. he described him as an unconventional candidate that when an improvisational campaign. now he is in the process of building an organisation. and we will have to see how that works. it will be a test, i think, for him and the people that he has designated. to be able to execute on his vision. president obama admitted he had passed on some words of advice to mr trump. one thing i said to him directly, and i would advise my republican friends in congress and supporters around the country, is just make sure that as we go forward , just make sure that as we go forward, certain norms, certain institutional traditions don't get eroded, because there is a reason they are in place. activists led by
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they are in place. activists led by the royal —— reverend al sharpton have been on the streets of washington. criticising donald trump for comments he has made on twitter regarding civil rights campaigner, congressmanjohn regarding civil rights campaigner, congressman john lewis, regarding civil rights campaigner, congressmanjohn lewis, who said trump was not a legitimate president. we won't be trumped! many more protests are planned in the run—up to friday. security will be tight for a president that has made a virtue of being different and has gained support because he is not pa rt gained support because he is not part of the political establishment. a major international conference is underway in paris, aimed at reviving peace talks between israel and the palestinians. delegates from 70 countries are expected to repeat their support for a two—state solution. palestinians have welcomed the meeting, but the israeli prime minister has rejected it as "futile and rigged". hugh schofield is in paris. if that's the israeli view, i suppose people may wonder, what is the point? yes. this conference was
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called to reaffirm the international community's support for a two state solution. events have been rather taken over solution. events have been rather ta ken over by solution. events have been rather taken over by this other issue, the one of the american embassy in israel. donald trump coming into office on friday, has promised quite unequivocally to move the american embassy in israel from tel aviv to jerusalem, which would be a very controversial move, breaking with decades of us policy. what we have had this morning is a warning from the french foreign minister that such a move would be, in his words, fraught with con —— consequences. there is a fear that if that goes ahead, the ground would be set for another upsurge in middle east violence. hugh schofield in paris. hugh schofield in paris. a sound of the seaside, or a blight on the beach? seagulls are synonymous with the coast, but they're also known for stealing food from passers—by. so at one resort here in the uk, they're debating whether or not to bring in birds of prey to reduce the seagull numbers.
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emma glasbey reports from scarborough. seagulls and scarborough just go together. but in recent years, the relationship has been turning slightly sour. the number of birds in this town has grown to a few thousand and especially in the summer, it's claimed they are becoming more aggressive. i have seen them take food from people's hands. for children, it can be quite scary. people feed them. they feed them titbits and they should not encourage them to come to the area. i don't think it is a real issue. i think one or two people complain too much about it. the council has been discussing what to do about the gulls. councillors could decide to hire a firm to work on reducing the number of birds over the next few years. we would use egg and nest removal. that is not removing all eggs from nests, that is removing a percentage. we work with natural england on that to say, this is how many
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we're going to take, and report back the numbers. we also fly birds of prey. we are not going out to kill anything, that's for sure. the idea is to move them to nesting in the cliffs or further away from town. it may be winter but there are still signals around. normally injanuary you would expect them to be at sea. but they are so used to being fed, they are still on land. a faction is to be taken, it will need to happen soon. the seagull mating season is about to begin. the next news is on bbc one at five past six. bye for now. hello, you're watching the bbc news channel.
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sport now, and let's cross to the bbc sport centre for a full round—up. good afternoon. we will start with cricket. england have set india at target of 351 to win the first one—day international. england were put into bat bike india. three england batsman hit half centuries, joe root, jason roy and ben stokes. stokes' 62 coming off a0 balls. the visitors put on a flurry of balls towards the end to finish on 350—7. england's bowlers have been doing well. in after 61—3. england taking three wickets already. —— india are 61—3. everton and manchester city kick off in around 15 minutes, with new signing
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morgan schneiderlin beginning his career at goodison park on the bench. schneiderlin will have to wait for his debut. one change for everton. kevin mirallas replaces valencia. goalkeeper claudio bravo comes back for manchester city. john stones is back at his former club. the second game of the day is another manchester — merseyside match—up. liverpool could move into second place with a win over manchester united at old trafford. we don't have just the good performances, we have also the happiness of the good results. we play at home, not away, so that changes a little bit, but in general it's just one more big match and let's enjoy the match. of course, both teams are, actually, especially now, in the long—term, in a good run, in good shape.
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maybe united has less problems with injuries or whatever, but that doesn't mean anything. we can lose against each team, but we can win against each team and that's the important thing. boxing now, and james degale retained his ibf world super middleweight title overnight in new york. the fight between degale and badou jack ended in a controversial draw. degale began the fight strongly, knocking jack down in the first round. he was the busier fighter over the next couple of rounds. but he showed signs of slowing down in the fourth and fifth, where this happened. the referee taking a surprise left hook. jack is known for strong finishes. that's what happened after that incident. he knocked degale down. the judges took quite a long time to come to a decision. they declared it a majority draw. both men go home with their respective world belts. it is not unbelievable.
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he is good at everything. i need to watch it back. everyone said it was a mad fight to watch, i showed a lot of heart. i showed a lot of grit. i do not want too many of them. i enjoyed it though, that is the sick thing. after that interview, degale was taken to hospital as a precaution. but he's since tweeted this, saying: but as his promoter eddie hearn explains, the re—match may not take place. the wbc will send out a letter on monday to badu jack to say, you have to start negotiations with callum smith. we have kind of got him cornered byjames degale and callum smith. i think he will vacate, i do. i think it will be callum smith against anthony durrell orjames degale for the ibf. that is the fight we wanted. that is the fight james wants and callum and probably britain wants as well. it will be interesting to see what happens.
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idid i did tell you i would let you know what happened in the gulf. it has just finished. rory mcilroy and graeme storm went to three play—off holes. graeme storm won. his first tournament on the european tour for ten years. the south african open title. more on the claim that cancer operations are being cancelled because of the demands on the nhs. let's speak now to ian eardley, a vice—president of the royal college of surgeons and a consultant at stjames' hospital in leeds. what is the problem? what is happening? the nhs is under enormous pressure at the moment. the combination of increased admissions through accident and emergency combined with difficulties in getting patients home because of lack of support in social care means that hospitals are just too full. when they are too full, you can't do
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elective surgery. while cancer operations are usually the most important cases, we hearing that throughout the country an increasing number of patients with cancer are having their surgery cancelled or delayed. i think many of our viewers, i have certainly heard of problems in the nhs around december, january, i have never heard of this before. is this really unusual to have to cancel cancer operations? it's very unusual. there are always some problems at this time of the year. but the scale of the pressure for the nhs and the consequences are cancer surgery, for the nhs and the consequences are cancer surgery, if it is not the worst year it has ever been, it is pretty close. what can we do about it? is it back to that social care question and also perhaps trying to avoid having so many people coming to a&e? you're i think the fastest thing that could be done is to deal with the social care issue you just mentioned. there does seem to be a
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lack of support and care in the community for patients who are therefore stuck in hospital. if we can get those patients home or into a care package, it would make hospitals more empty and allow us to do more surgery for patients with cancer and other conditions. it's obvious to anybody who has ever had afamily obvious to anybody who has ever had a family member with cancer are difficult it is notjust for that family member but the entire family. maybe you could explain what it is like to have some of these patients being told, i'm sorry, we can't do it today, you have to wait? it's one of the worst things about has to be do —— has to do. it's distressing for them, it's distressing to you, it's distressing to the family. it's something we would all wish to avoid. thank you for giving us the benefit of your insight. more now on that warning that air passengers arriving in britain will face "severe disru ption" after brexit, unless there's an increase in border force staff. the airport operators association says passport checks for eu nationals are likely to become more
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stringent, leading to longer queues and processing times. earlier i spoke with tony smith, former director—general of the uk border force. i think the airports need to play a pa rt i think the airports need to play a part and the airlines with the border force. they need to work together. the airports are responsible for the control accommodation, providing the arrival halls, the officers that are occupied, the automatic gates, all the airport assets. in my experience they are often quite keen to sell space to retail rather than to support the governed. they do have a role to play in all of this. on many occasions when i entered the country last year, i travel a lot, all of the gates were occupied because the flights are bunting to an extent that the infrastructure can't cope. with me is henk van klaveren from
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the airport operators association, which represents more than 50 of the uk‘s airports. we get to the problems you foresee in the future in a second, but the situation is pretty bad, isn't it? those people in the border force suggested would be a really good idea if we cut down on making airports like shopping malls and have more space for passengers coming into passport control? what we have seen since 2012 is the border force budget has decreased by 10%. passenger numbers have increased by 15%. the creases in staffing but increases in passengers. that is causing the problem. that is why we have seen increases in queues at the border. you could do your bit by making more space available for those of us who sometimes spend an hour or more waiting in the queue is, especially those with children? that is what we are doing. we are expanding border
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halls, expanding the infrastructure necessary for uk and eu passengers arriving. we are doing that. what we are saying is that while we do our bit, the uk government needs to do its bit and give more researchers and funding to the border force. let's talk a little bit about that. i suppose it depends on what kind of brexit we are going to have. if brexit we are going to have. if brexit means we leave the eu completely, we are not part of their the customs union, would you foresee separate queues for eu nationals which would take up more time, more space and more staff? it depends on the nature of the arrangement. at the nature of the arrangement. at the moment, if you are an eu, uk or swiss passenger and you're right in the uk, you wake a maximum 25 minutes in one 0. if you are not an eu passenger, you can wait for hope to a5 minutes. —— up to. those
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waiting times are not being met. it will require additional resources on top of the resources already needed top of the resources already needed to cope with current demand. in terms of those of us who can speed through relatively with the electronic passports, what difference could that make? would it be for british people? could you foresee it being betterfor be for british people? could you foresee it being better for british people if the rest of the eu decides to go somewhere else? they can only be used for passports, not identity cards. that is a problem for eu nationals who travel on identity cards. what we will see in future will mean that those gates verify someone's identity. they can't ask the question, why are you in the uk? if there are changes in that respect, eu nationals would not be able to use those gates. but that
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could mean that for uk citizens it may be easy to get through the border. at the same time what does it mean —— say about the uk being open for business when tourists coming here to spend money, or business investors who want to see what ease of travel is like for work and trade, if they end in long queues? it is a funny old world when the entire debate is being dominated by the eye gratian issue, borders, if you're seeing less money spent on securing those borders? we have a secure border arrangement. the number of passengers has increased while the resources have decreased. that is a disconnect that means the travel experience from the point of view of passengers is very difficult. we are seeing increased complaints logs, people complaining about the length of their acute, —— the length of their queues. do you have some sympathy for the border force staff who have two put up with
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very force staff who have two put up with very grumpy force staff who have two put up with very grumpy passengers? absolutely. airport staff are also trying to guide people in the right direction, telling them how the gates work. it is an experience that the airport staff and border force staff face. the government needs to think very carefully about what it does in future and how changes to the border will impact on the borders and airports. thank you. northern ireland secretary james brokenshire has said that he's not yet considering the possibility of direct rule by uk ministers, after the resignation of northern ireland's deputy first minister martin mcguinness. but speaking to the bbc‘s andrew marr show, he said that it is likely that new elections will be held for the stormont assembly. mr brokenshire also dismissed the idea that britain would consider a joint government with the republic of ireland. i am not contemplating alternatives to devolved government in northern ireland. that is my resolute view. don't you have to, really? it might be on your plate very soon? what is my responsibility is to see that we are working with each
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of the parties to ensure we are not looking at greater division. my concern is that an election campaign will be divisive, will lead to greater distance between the parties at the end of that. exactly. it is that work therefore that i am doing and will continue to do. i would encourage the parties themselves to think about these big issues on how they conduct that campaign, and how we are able to build things back together again once that has concluded. james brokenshire. multi—billion pound plans to renovate the palace of westminster, including both houses of parliament, are to be subject to an inquiry by a committee of mps. the commons treasury committee will examine the cost, and consider whether both mps and lords will have to move out while the work is being done. here's our political correspondent, tom barton. the buildings of parliament are not in a good way. stonework is crumbling, roofs are leaking and something needs to be done to bring the palace of westminster back to life.
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parliament is part of a world heritage site, recognised as a building of outstanding value to humanity. but fixing it won't be cheap. estimates range from £3.5 to £a billion and the work will take at least five years. during that time mps could have to move out of the commons chamber, where to hasn't yet been decided. the treasury committee usually conducts enquiries into big economic issues, like the work of the bank of england or the government's tax policy. but its next enquiry will take a look much closer to home. the committee says previous reports have failed to provide enough evidence to assess the proposals and claims ministers haven't answered their questions about the cost of the work. the palace of westminster may be crucial to public life in britain, but those who are elected to serve there say fixing it must be good value for the taxpayer. outgoing us secretary
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of statejohn kerry has visited the place in the mekong delta, where he was ambushed during the vietnam war in 1969. mr kerry is in vietnam as part of his last trip before leaving office. he won a medal for bravery for his actions, but became an anti—warcampaigner after returning home. the former navy lieutenant met a 70—year—old former member of the viet cong, who also remembers the 1969 attack. mr kerry told his former enemy, vo ban tam, he was glad they were both alive. plans for four more nature schools in england would see students have the opportunity to spend more of their day outside. david gregory kumar reports. brandon marshall nature reserve near coventry, home to some excited woodland creatures getting to grips with nature.
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brandon marsh is also a headquarters for warwickshire wildlife trust, and the trust is leading plans for nature schools across the uk. some of these children could be among the first pupils. what is a nature school? children will still have to learn times tables, learn to read and write. but we are preparing an educational philosophy that will allow teachers to achieve that learning outside, using the natural setting of the school as much as in the classroom. they will be outside more. they will probably be coming home a little dirtier than they would otherwise. initially, four nature —based primary schools are planned, with two in the midlands, one in smethwick and warned in nuneaton. they have already got their eyes on a site and a building. and it is the camp hill school that may be the first major school in the uk. and it's a location that may surprise some people. it's
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definitely an urban area but it is an area identified by the local authority as having the greatest need for a new school, and we'll most of any outside space and we will create new outdoor spaces for learning as well, a garden, wildlife areas, possibly beehives. it will be very exciting. parents were very excited. some have looked into applying to the new school. she loves being outdoors. we would like that for her education. the outside is an amazing place to learn. i think you can have some any experiences that are not traditional education, that still give you the same knowledge that you would have ina same knowledge that you would have in a classroom. i think it's brilliant. if all goes well, the uk's first major school could open into december 20 18. the shortlists for the 2017 brit awards have been revealed, with david bowie receiving two posthumous nominations. the singer was named in the best album and best british male categories, after releasing his final album,
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blackstar, days before his death last january. grime artist skepta, who beat bowie to last year's mercury prize, is up for three awards. craig david, beyonce, little mix and radiohead are among the other performers up for honours. the winners will be announced next month. now the weather. hi there. we have seen now the weather. hi there. we have seen the transition to milder conditions. it means melting snow on the ground. the weather watchers have been capturing it as it happens. this is the scene in carmarthenshire. the next few days, the weather will be pretty dull. damp as well. some rain in the forecast today. it will ease off for most this afternoon. still cold across parts of east anglia. overnight tonight we will see rain
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spreading along the same front, scotland, england and wales. things turning wet. we will also see some fog patches developing over the hills. quite chilly in eastern areas. otherwise a frost free night for all of us. the rain will tend to fizzle out on monday from the north to the south as we go through the day. there will be some drier weather. a lot of cloud. silk —— still some damp bits and pieces across england. chilly in the least. the mildest whether further west.
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